Last week I was fortunate enough to go to Plano, TX for the Ministry Innovators Conference. Instead of inviting the usual suspects whose names are at many other youth ministry events, they extended invitations to amazing speakers outside of the youth ministry profession. They shared their stories, their passions, and insights into their own chosen profession in hopes that we might glean some information for our ministries and churches. The list of speakers ranged from other youth directors to entrepreneurs, psychologist, and director and vice president of major corporations.
It would be impossible for me to try to sit here and tell you all that I learned last week. With it being somewhat of an abstract way to do a youth ministry conference the biggest things I walked way with may not be an idea that we need to try in our ministry here in Deer Park but rather a new way to approach and think about youth ministry and challenges that might present themselves. I will be spending time praying and rereading all of my notes from last week in hopes that God may reveal some new innovative ways to approach ministry here. I would like to leave a few main points that I took away from this week, they are mainly blurbs that just resonated with me enough to take note and maybe will resonate with some of you who read this.
-We don’t ask God to open our hearts to what we will disagree or not like, we ask him to open our hearts to what he has in store for us. If we prepare for what we don’t like or disagree with we will almost always miss what God is trying to tell us.
-Tolerance is too low of an idea. Who wants to be tolerated? Let’s not confuse tolerance with love. We are called to love everyone, not just to tolerate them.
-The best ministry we do is often what we do on the way to doing ministry.
-Don’t concern yourself with success, concern yourself with faithfulness.
-If you look for God in others, they will see God in you. When we are looking for God in others we start to see what God is up to outside of the walls of the church.
-A statement with a period draws a line, but a question can draw people in and still make a statement about who we are.
-The church has focused too much on certainty instead of inviting people into wonder. It is wonder that draws us into Him.
-People are not loyal to a strategy they are loyal to a culture.
-When you discover your culture in needs to show up in everything you do.
Thank you so much for your continued prayer and support of our student ministry.
Director of Student Ministries